How to Copy Files from Bluestacks 4 to Windows

Since Bluestacks changes faster than they update their manual, when I tried to look up how to copy files in and out of Bluestacks 4, there was nothing out there. So to spare anyone else the trouble of figuring this out for themselves, I've written a guide for all the cryptic steps it requires.

Step 1: Locate the Shared Folder

This is the folder you'll be using to transfer files in and out of Bluestacks 4. I found mine inside the install folder "\BlueStacks\Engine\UserData\SharedFolder". For some theirs might be found in "C:\ProgramData\Bluestacks\Engine\UserData\SharedFoler". ProgramData is usually a hidden folder, so to access it you either do the following (Pardon my system language being in Swedish):

Press View and check the box "Hidden Objects" then check C:\ for it.

Another way is to open a folder, click the bar that says the location of the folder and then type: %ProgramData%

Once you've found the shared folder you can drop any files you want to copy into Bluestacks 4. Otherwise this is where you'll later find the files you've copied from within Bluestacks so just leave it open for now.

Step 2: Access Android's file manager

Next in order to move your files in or out of Bluestacks, you'll need to access the built-in file manager of Android. If you try to do this next step with a file manager app it won't work. Clicking the folder called "windows" will just cause an error.

In order to gain access to the file manager, you need to get to the Android settings menu. There's no link within the Bluestacks GUI to access it anymore, so the way you go about it is to open any app you have installed, drop down the top bar by swiping downwards at the top of the Bluestacks screen while in the app, then click the gear icon within. Should look like this:

Now click Storage.

Scroll down to the bottom and click Explore.

Step #3: Use the built-in file manager to move your files

Now that you're in the file manager, browse to the folder where the files you want to copy are located. I wanted to copy some screenshots so I went into Pictures. Once you've found your files, click and hold to select each file then press the 3 dots and "Copy to..." like below. You can also click "Move to..." to just move the files.

Once you've done this part you'll be sent to a grey screen with a left menu open that should say "Recent" and "Downloads", but you won't be able to progress just yet because the link to the internal storage is hidden by default. Click the 3 dots in the upper right corner to open a little menu and click "Show internal storage" like below.

Now open the menu on the left again and you should see a new link with a phone icon, possibly with the name ONEPLUS A5000. Clicking it will let you access the internal storage again to let you move your files.

Now you're in the root folder again for your internal storage. Proceed by clicking Windows.

And there's our shared folder! Click BstSharedFolder to open it.

Step 4: Finish copying

Now that we're finally in the shared folder, the final step is to press copy like shown below. That's it! Now you can access the files from Windows.

Bring back the shared folder you left open at the beginning. You're files should now be there!

Of course, I only showed how to copy files out of BlueStacks. To copy files from Windows into Bluestacks you just copy your files into the shared folder in step #1 and then look up the shared folder in step #3 first and from there copy the files to whichever folder within Bluestacks you need your files in. For standard media files there's default folders for them available like Music or Pictures, so you can just put them there.

That's it! We're done. Hope this helped! And if you'd like, check out my other works available at the top.

Posted on: 2019-03-24